CHICAGO, March 25, 2009 – The Hampton Majestic – Chicago Theatre District Hotel, owned and operated by Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, was recently distinguished as one of 35 hotels to meet the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s (IHLA) StayGreen standards. The recognition program highlights hotels within the state of Illinois that are committed to offering guests an environmentally friendly hotel stay and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
As part of the IHLA’s StayGreen initiative, approved StayGreen hotels are marked with Green Energy or the Green Recycling icons to acknowledge their efforts and to inform visitors about the hotels’ green commitments. All marked hotels have met specific standards for saving energy and/or recycling and waste minimization. For a hotel to be designated a StayGreen Energy-Saving property, it must meet strict energy reduction standards set by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. The goal of the initiative is not only to highlight the successes of hotels such as the Hampton Majestic, but also to encourage other Illinois hotels to embrace green lodging as a long-term solution rather than a trend.
“Our goal is to create a series of green recognition programs that will help make the lodging industry in Illinois a leader in protecting our environment,” said IHLA President and CEO Marc Gordon. “We envision a world in which green lodging is ‘business as usual’ sooner, rather than later.”
The 135-room Hampton Majestic located in the Majestic Building, was named a StayGreen hotel for its diverse use of eco-conscious initiatives to improve sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation, recycling efforts and waste reduction. Some of the initiatives include the implementation of a state-of-the-art HVAC cooling tower, motion light sensors, high-efficiency natural gas boilers, low-flow toilets and showerheads and cardboard recycling. In addition, the hotel donates used shampoo and conditioner bottles to local shelters, uses recycled paper in all printers, employs eco-friendly cleaning products and is coordinating a hotel-wide recycling program.
The Hampton Majestic has also implemented an environmental purchasing policy that, among other things, gives preference to environmentally responsible suppliers and formalizes the commitment to act as an environmentally sensitive company.
Another facet of the hotel’s green program involves a hotel “Green Team,” made up of hotel staffers that are committed to sustainability. The team meets regularly to assess and evaluate current green operations and implements new green processes.
“We are proud of the efforts that the Hampton Majestic is making in creating a sustainable hotel,” said Robert Habeeb, Chairman of the IHLA and President of First Hospitality Group. “We recognize that sustainability is more than a passing trend. It’s a way of living and is something that our guests, employees and state are passionate about.”
The Hampton Majestic opened in 2007 following an18-month renovation totaling close to $20 million. Located at 22 West Monroe Street in downtown Chicago, the Hampton Majestic is conveniently located close to Soldier Field, the Shedd Aquarium, Michigan Avenue shopping and dining outlets, and the Water Tower.
First Hospitality Group Inc. has been involved in the development, ownership, and management of hotels since 1985. Currently, the First Hospitality Group, Inc. portfolio of over 35 hotels consists primarily of Hilton and Marriott affiliated assets. In addition, First Hospitality Group, Inc. has ownership interests and manages hotels affiliated with InterContinental, Hyatt, and Starwood. For further information contact Lucy Subhasiriwatana, Marketing Manager at 847-939-5221 or [email protected].